Christmas Cactus

May 18, 2017

How to Increase Branching and Flower Bud Production of Christmas Cactus

Based on research completed at North Carolina State University, here are some methods for increasing branching and flower bud production of Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgessii).

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Sempervivum with chicks

May 18, 2017

Branching Out With Configure on Succulents

Researchers at North Carolina State University determine the best timing, rates, and production methods for using benzyladenine to improve branching and flowering.

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Ken and Deena Altman

March 7, 2017

Altman Plants in Escrow to Purchase EuroAmerican Propagators for Plug Connection Facility Expansion

Ken Altman, a co-owner of Altman Plants based in Vista, CA, has confirmed that the operation is currently in escrow to purchase EuroAmerican Propagators, the Bonsall, CA-based young plant and finished plant grower that filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy on Jan. 23, 2017. Ken and Deena Altman are co-owners of Altman Plants and The Plug Connection, along with their son Matthew, who has recently bought into the family business. The 55 acres of land and all of the facilities on it, which were previously owned by Jerry Church, a partner in EuroAmerican Propagators, are part of the purchase agreement currently in escrow, Altman says. However, it would not be absorbed by Altman Plants, which in 2016 was number 3 on Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers list with more than 11 million square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouse production, 62 acres of shade production, and 400 acres of outdoor field production. Altman Plants’ property […]

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January 5, 2017

Why ArizonaEast Is Expanding Its Succulent Production To Florida

In Greenhouse Grower's January cover story, learn how Brian and Joe Vitale of ArizonaEast saw a chance to expand and diversify their New Jersey-based succulent operation, and why they jumped at the opportunity.

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June 14, 2016

Dümmen Orange Expands Its Succulent Offerings Through New Partnership With Wander Tuinier B.V.

According to Dümmen Operations Director Kate Santos, succulents are an attractive growth category because of their ease of use, shelf life in stores, drought tolerance, and versatility in application.

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February 11, 2016

Succulents: A Mainstay Of The Green Revolution

Succulents offer many options for growers to provide waterwise, low-maintenance plants that work well for green infrastructure and other environmentally focused projects.

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Dr Allan Armitage

February 8, 2016

Why Succulents Have Become The Hippest Plants On The Market

Allan Armitage says succulents used to be relegated to the far end of the display bench, but their adaptability, decorative value, and low maintenance requirements have now made them a staple.

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Northwest Horticulture offers four different mixes of sedum tiles for green roof projects. Photo courtesy North West Horticulture Feature

December 29, 2015

Growing Succulents Never Goes Out Of Style, Here’s Why

Succulents are more popular than ever, and with good reason. Learn why these tough, low-maintenance plants are a hit with consumers and deserve a place in your greenhouse, then check out the accompanying slideshow for the latest in succulent trends.

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Feature - Agave ‘Blue Waves’ (Rancho Tissue Technologies)

November 30, 2015

Spice Up The Garden With 12 New Succulent And Miniature Plant Varieties

New succulents and miniature plants for 2016 offer a variety of colors and foliage textures that add interest and visual appeal to any size garden — indoors or out.

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April 9, 2015

Altman Plants’ Online Cactus Shop Shows Strong Sales

Altman Plants recently opened its new Cactus Shop, an online retail store that sells a variety of cactus and succulents. The store is a take-off of Altman’s original wholesale business, as the company started as a mail order catalog.

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March 23, 2012

Surging Interest In Succulents

Succulents are popping up everywhere. Highlighted as trendy new additions to wedding bouquets, table floral arrangements and even guest favors, succulents have become the wedding it-plant for 2012. Beyond the wedding market, succulents are favorites in the garden astopiary garden art, living wreaths, terrariums and miniature fairy gardens, as well as in the landscape, hanging baskets and combination planters. “Succulents are very popular with younger consumers for their low-maintenance and interesting forms and textures,” says Juan St. Amant of Plug Connection in Vista, Calif. “Novice gardeners and hardcore enthusiasts alike find succulents very rewarding.” Surging consumer interest in succulents has led to increased production and more offerings from breeders. Let’s explore what some breeders are building into their portfolios. Sense New Demand As the largest producer of tissue-cultured succulents in the United States, Rancho Tissue Technologies develops unique and innovative varieties that can benefit all levels of the supply chain, […]

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November 3, 2011

12 New Succulents To Consider

Rancho Tissue Technologies introduces the Rancho Collection, an exclusive selection of varieties handpicked or bred specifically for the company. The collection includes varieties such as Agave ovatifolia ‘Vanzie’, distinguished by its leaf cupping, which is much more intense than in standard ovatifolia selections. In addition to ‘Vanzie,’ the Rancho Collection’s inaugural varieties include five more agaves: ‘Blue Flame,’ ‘Blue Glow,’ ‘Cameron Blue,’ ‘Dragon Toes’ and ‘Globe’; plus two aloes: ‘Violet’ and ‘Delta Lights’; two dyckias: ‘Brittle Star’ and ‘Burgundy Ice’; and two echeverias: ‘Purple Afterglow’ and ‘White Cloud.’ “These varieties are carefully chosen for their unique and distinctive features,” says Heather May, owner and founder. “Our breeder Kelly Griffin worked with our specific goals in mind to create the best varieties so growers and homeowners alike will be happy.” All Rancho Collection varieties are produced by tissue culture. Visit for more information.

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